Selected Anticoagulants (Vit K antagonists)/Fibrates Interactions

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

The cause of the interaction is not known. Your cholesterol/lipid medication may increase the effect of your anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medicine.

What might happen:

You may experience an increased chance for bleeding, including bleeding from your gums, nosebleeds, unusual bruising, or dark stools.

What you should do about this interaction:

Ask your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) about taking these medicines together. If your doctor prescribes these medicines together, you may need to have your bleeding times checked more often. You may need an adjustment in the dose of your anticoagulant (blood-thinner) medicine. This interaction may be more severe in patients with high levels of fats (lipids) in the blood, who are taking larger doses of cholesterol/lipid medicine, or who are older.If you have any signs of bleeding, such as bleeding from your gums, nosebleeds, unusual bruising, or dark stools, contact your doctor right away.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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